ENGAGE! in Creating Family Friendly Schools

How family friendly is your school? How do you know? Sometimes it’s easy to overlook things that could be a barrier to family engagement because after you see something day after day it tends to becomes invisible to you! I think it’s a lot like when you get a crack in your kitchen cabinet. At first you worry about it, you try to put a plant in front of it to cover … [Read More...]


Top 5 Ways to Instill Good Study Skills

It’s that time of year again – we’re trading beach days for school days. Much like the National PTA, we here at Sylvan Learning want to give parents the tools to help their children be successful students in the new school year but as teens and tweens progress through the upper grades, this can be easier said than done. As a mom of two, I know that as my kids … [Read More...]

Missing or damaged door sweeps and seals are public enemy number one!  Mice can enter a gap the size of a nickel.

What You Don’t Know About Pests, Can it Hurt You?

Dr. Green is an entomologist and directs the IPM Institute of North America, a non-profit based in Madison, Wisconsin. One of my most satisfying experiences as a professional, and as a parent, is to visit schools to do IPM inspections. IPM stands for Integrated Pest Management, a common sense approach where the focus is denying pests food, water and shelter, … [Read More...]


Setting the Record Straight: Healthy School Meal Rules Allow for Bake Sales

Kevin Concannon currently serves as Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services in the United States Department of Agriculture. Working in partnership with state and local organizations, Food and Nutrition Service oversees child nutrition programs including National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Summer Food Service Programs.  More information can … [Read More...]

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National PTA Family Mourns Passing of Former Secretary-Treasurer Tina Zubeck

Tina Zubeck, former secretary-treasurer of National PTA, passed away on August 4, 2014 surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with Myelodysplasic syndrome. It is with a sad heart that the PTA family says farewell to an exceptional woman. Those who were fortunate enough to work alongside Tina knew her as one of the most passionate and dedicated advocates … [Read More...]

Jose Antonio Tijerino

Supporting Refugees through the READ Program

National PTA board member Antonio Tijerino, who is also the CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), was recently involved in an outreach event that led a group of humanitarian advocates to work with a shelter in McAllen, TX, in support of unaccompanied minors from Central America including Actress America Ferrera through an effort titled READ (Refugee … [Read More...]